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Healing for the Fatherland

Today I would like to take you with me and tell you the story of how God has given me a love for our country in place of what used to be thoughts of rejection and a the desire to flee the country as soon as possible:

I grew up in “The East of Germany”, a child of the GDR so to speak. The Berlin Wall came down when I was 10 years old. My family had always believed that there would be a reunion of the two countries and this hope was based on a prophetic word Reinhard Bonnke had received before he went to Africa as an evangelist. Of course no one knew what that would look like.

We had already experienced some wonderful charismatic awakenings back then – in the GDR times – and I was used to experiencing God. I made my decision for Jesus fairly early in life and lived in a close relationship with Him.

When the Berlin wall came down I was convinced in my childlike faith that the two countries had finally united. But 20 years later I find it painful to see how deep the wounds of the separation still are, how much prejudice there still is on both sides and that a lot of Heavenly healing blessing still need to flow. A lot of people from The East have gone to The West, because it looked like the land of milk and honey to them. There were promises of better jobs and higher wages. This led to our part of the country bleeding out of the young people, leaving the elderly behind. There were literally regions where all young people had gone, only the older generations were left behind and hopelessness was spreading.

I didn’t really have an eye for all of that for a long time and all I was concerned about was trying to get away from this nation and go somewhere else in the world. I was looking at various options and when foreign visitors where praising the beauty of Germany I always thought to myself: “Its so much nicer where you come from or in these other countries.” I couldn’t find anything beautiful about Germany. I was so ashamed for Germany’s recent history and was dreading to answer “Germany” whenever someone asked me where I was from.

It was my desire that God would give Revival to Germany and people would receive healing in body, soul and spirit. But I couldn’t find any love for my people inside myself.

Grabbing the first opportunity I went to a school of ministry in Canada. I loved it there; the people and their way of living. I experienced a lot of healing in many areas of my being, but the “well protected wall” around my difficult relationship to Germany kept standing tall until we were sent on to an outreach to the USA for one month. We took part in an intercessory conference there and I thought one of the speakers was very crazy. But one of the sentences she said hit bull’s-eye in my heart and this one sentence has thrown my life upside down and changed me. She said: “If you want to see change in your nation or your city, then you have to stand in the gap for it and pray for it before the Father.” Suddenly, it felt like scales were falling off my eyes and I saw the amount of hate for Germany which I unknowingly carried inside of me and that I had never really prayed for my nation. I broke down in front of the altar und cried my eyes out. I asked God to forgive me for my attitude, gave Him all the hate and asked Him to give me love for my homeland.

When the plane was landing in Germany on my trip back from the school of ministry, when I got off the plane and during the whole car trip home, the beauty of Germany amazed me. For the first time I could see this nation with a passionate love and a fire for our country had been awoken on the inside of me.

I had another key moment 2 months after the school of ministry. I had been writing worship songs for years, but the lyrics were always in English. One day I was worshiping Jesus and He said to me: “If you really want to reach your nation through your songs and for them to lead the people into my presence, they need to be in German.” And again it felt like scales falling off my eyes and I saw how deep the rejection for my nation was rooted. I was even renouncing my mother tongue! I repented once again and ask God to forgive me. And within a few short minutes He gave me a really precious song, which has led many people into His presence since then. Wow! God is so good.

A lot of years have gone by since all of this happened and I’m privileged to experience how God touches our country and gives healing. I also had the privilege to serve alongside many men and women of God from all over the world and to make “my” country palatable to them. J God has replaced the hate with a deep love for our nation. He has also given me a special love and a holy zeal for “The East” with the aim to experience him right here and to make Him known in this area. We have experienced Signs and Wonders here and there, but I’m expecting SO much more. I’m looking forward to how this adventure will proceed. God is good and I have the privilege to experience how He is healing hearts, closing wounds and how He is working reconciliation amongst us. Wow!

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Be YOU – Sei ganz DU

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Did you ever realize how much effort we put in our outer looks when we first meet someone? Don’t we have a desire to leave the best possible impression about us? We dress up nicely, put on nice jewelry and make up etc…only for people to see the best side of us – making really sure that nobody sees those little “mistakes” we think we have. How about that pimple that wasn’t there the night before? Gosh! Funny enough I pondered a few times about trying out the Windex method? Never heard of that? In the movie “My big fast Greek wedding” Toulas Dad always uses Windex for anything. Yes, we do crazy stuff to show off, to wear the best mask we can. But how about simply being our beautiful self, not worrying if that one hair is getting messed up by the wind…if someone is really interested in us, they look for deeper stuff – our heart, that’s the “thing” we long to connect with – right?

As a teenage girl I always struggled with the way I look, my not so nice skin, my too much weight etc. etc, plus I was born into a Christian family, which made me think I am not “normal”, I am “different” than everybody else. I simply did not like myself at all. Then one day I came across the word “You are born an original, don’t die a copy”. I thought, “Right, that’s true for everybody else – I am weird.”

It took years for me to start enjoying the way God created me, learning to see what treasures HE placed inside of me. I was able to join a School of Ministry in Canada in my early Twens, little did I know how much that would restore the picture of how HE created me to be and how HE sees me – I now can say, He calls me beautiful. But that school was just the beginning of a long journey of healing. It’s not that my family didn’t love me or anything, they did! But the world so often tells us different! And we are so desperate to fit the latest “beauty ideals” and try to fit in. We are Originals! Each one of us! We are all “different”. Thank GOD for that!

God says to each one of us, “You are beautiful! I created you in my image. I, God Almighty, who IS beauty, can not create anything ugly.”

If you call yourself that or live according to this lie, that Satan whispers into your ear, God is hurt. So start looking up to your heavenly Father, let HIM love on you and show you how beautiful you really are! You are HIS masterpiece! His treasured possession! Ask him to show you how he sees you. You will be amazed!

 

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Ist dir jemals aufgefallen wie viel Mühe wir in unser Äußeres stecken wenn wir jemand zum ersten Mal begegnen? Wir haben den Wunsch den bestmöglichen Eindruck von uns zu hinterlassen. Wir kleiden uns chic, tragen passenden Schmuck, legen Make-up auf etc…. nur damit die Leute unsere beste Seite sehen – um sicher zu gehen, das ja keiner diese kleinen „Fehler“ sieht, die wir meinen zu haben. Was ist mit dem Pickel das am Vorabend noch nicht da war? Mist! Witziger weise dachte ich ein paar Mal über die Windex Methode nach. Was, die kennst du nicht? Im Film „My big fat Greek wedding“ verwendet Toulas Vater Windex (Ein Fensterputzmittel) für jedes Wehwehchen mit Erfolg. Ja, wir tun verrückte Sachen um gut dazu stehen und tragen die bestmögliche Maske. Wie wär es denn, einfach mal wir selbst zu sein, und uns mal keine Gedanken zu machen, ob dieses eine widerspenstige Haar nun vom Winde verweht ist. Wenn jemand wirklich an uns interessiert ist, schauen sie nach tieferen Dingen – unser Herz, genau damit wollen wir doch eigentlich auch in Verbindung kommen mit anderen – stimmt‘s?

Als Teenager konnte ich mich nie selbst ausstehen, meine nicht so tolle Haut, das Übergewicht etc. etc., zudem wurde ich in eine christliche Familie geboren, weshalb ich immer dachte, ich sei nicht „normal“, sondern „anders/komisch“ als alle anderen. Ich konnte mich einfach überhaupt nicht leiden. Eines Tages stolperte ich über folgende Aussage, „Du wurdest als Original geboren, stirb nicht als Kopie.“ Ich dachte, „Ja klar, das stimmt für die anderen – ich bin komisch.“

Es dauerte Jahre bis ich anfing, mir selbst zu gefallen – so wie Gott mich schuf und die Schätze entdecken konnte, die ER in mich hineingelegt hat. Ich konnte dann an einer School of Ministry in Kanada teilnehmen mit Anfang 20. Ich hatte ja keine Ahnung wie sehr diese Schule das Bild in mir wiederherstellen würde, wie Gott mich erschaffen hat und wie ER mich sieht – jetzt kann ich sagen „Er nennt mich wunderschön.“ Diese Schule jedoch war nur der Anfang einer langen Reise meiner Heilung. Es ist ja nicht so, dass mich meine Familie nicht liebte, das taten sie!!! Aber die Welt filtert uns so viel Falsches ein! Wir hungern nach den neusten Schönheitsidealen und versuchen uns überall anzupassen. Wir sind Originale! Jeder von uns! Wir sind alle „anders“! Wie gut!

Gott sagt zu jedem von uns, „Du bist wunderschön! Ich schuf dich in meinem Ebenbild! Ich, Gott der Allmächtige, der Schönheit ist, kann nichts Hässliches erschaffen.“

Wenn du dich selbst so nennst und gemäß dieser Lüge lebst, die Satan dir einfiltriert, ist Gott verletzt. Fang an zu Deinem himmlischen Vater aufzuschauen. Erlaube IHM, dich zu lieben und dir zu zeigen, wie schön du wirklich bist! Du bist SEIN Meisterwerk! Sein kostbarer Schatz! Bitte ihn dir zu zeigen, wie ER dich sieht. Du wirst staunen!